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As far as #1 and 2, be careful to not overthink it. Sometimes it is best to just write (and finish!) a song. Don’t feel like you need to create a great song on your first try. If it turns out amazing, then cheers to you. If it is not so good, then it is a learning experience. Not every song is a classic. Even the best composers write stuff that is not so good. Your best shot at writing a great song is to simply write a lot of songs…

I have been writing my own songs for many years now. I hope to take it out there for people to listen. Thanks for all these wonderful ideas.

Hi Christopher, I started writing songs (without being a musician of any kind at that time) in 2014 and almost only used (mostly free) online resources. There are great classes out there for songwriters. If that helps, we’ve collected quite a few link to free tutorials and classes on everything related to songwriting http://patpatpro.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=7

I think, if you’re not living in one of the big cities in the UK, US or Australia, finding RL classes on songwriting is quite difficult. Online learning makes this a lot more accessible. The same holds true for songwriting circles, easier to a start online.

For my process, I tend to start with writing the lyrics and then do what I call “composing for dummies”, grab my guitar, play random chords and try to sing the lyrics to the chords. Invent your own chords. If it sounds good, it is good 🙂 Then, you got lyrics and a melody and harmony = a song! Just repeat to practice, it’ll get you started. Listen to the songs you like, learn from that. Of course, music theory helps but it’s not absolutely necessary. I gained more confidence by having written a couple of songs than by learning theory.

Anne

I’m not quite sure if I would use the word song(s) but I have been writing lyrical poetry since I was 17! Who knows they might become actual song(s)!

I’ve written hundreds of songs but only felt the need to perform 3 with my old band. Now, I’m 20 years older & writing with a purpose once again.

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